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Friday, 24 October 2014

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Liverpool legend Phil Thompson tips 'confident' Carlisle Utd for success

Former European Cup winner Phil Thompson is the latest illustrious name to tip Carlisle United for glory this season.

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Phil Thompson

The Sky Sports pundit gave glowing praise to the Blues after watching Greg Abbott's side dismantle Leyton Orient at Brunton Park.

Ex-Liverpool favourite Thompson also claimed James Berrett's solo goal against the Os was worthy of Lionel Messi.

Thompson's gushing tribute to the Cumbrians came as he watched Saturday's 4-1 victory on a monitor for the Soccer Saturday programme.

The ex-England defender said: “I expected it to be a tighter game but the 4-1 scoreline was justified for Carlisle. I was really impressed by them, in particular the front lads, Miller and Zoko. They were very, very good.

“Miller, I'm sad to say, didn't get on the scoresheet but he played excellently – a really good target man. And [Berrett] did ever so well for a great solo goal. If Lionel Messi had scored that we would all be raving about it.”

He added: “Confidence was oozing from them, from the back to the front.

“They have just scraped into the play-offs and I can see them pushing on.”

Injured striker Rory Loy was at the game on crutches, with his seven-year-old cousin Jake, who was United's mascot. The Scot is recovering from a broken leg.

United's youth team lost 4-3 at Rochdale despite goals from Dave Symington, Brad Potts and Mark Beck.

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